Dr. Phillip T. Iero designed the first annual Wisdom For Wisdom program to give hardworking students free wisdom teeth extractions to help offset the rising costs of college textbooks. Our complimentary extraction procedure gives students a healthier smile by removing painful and often damaging wisdom teeth.
Over the last decade, the cost of college textbooks has skyrocketed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook prices have risen more than 1,000 percent in the previous four decades. Many students are struggling to afford higher education, and as a result, college students go without required textbooks and accept the consequences. Our program provides students the opportunity to put money toward textbook costs instead of wisdom teeth extraction expenses.
Our program’s application period ran for two weeks, from April 17, 2018, to April 30, 2018. We received applications from both current and future college students. Applicants complete a short quiz after viewing a brief informational video. The informational video is designed to educate students on the wisdom tooth extraction procedure and aftercare. Students answer three questions about wisdom teeth to verify they watched the video. Following the video questionnaire, applicants submitted their application, explaining what the procedure would mean to them if selected. These components made the application process fun, informative, and easy. Our 2018 final recipient was chosen based on factors such as necessity of extraction, academic achievement, and financial need.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow into the mouth, emerging between the ages of 17 and 25. They can sometimes harbor harmful oral bacteria, which can cause gum disease, infections, and decay. Removal of the wisdom teeth is essential before they worsen, cause pain, complications, or increased expenses.
On May 1, 2018, the final recipient of our first annual Wisdom For Wisdom program was announced on social media. Amber F., a college student at Prairie View A & M University, was selected for her academic achievement and commitment to education. On May 11, 2018, she had her initial consultation at our practice. Following her consultation, we completed her removal procedure on May 23, 2018. We are truly honored to have provided her with this complimentary procedure and to have helped contribute to her academic success.
Thank you for your interest in the Wisdom For Wisdom program! For more information on Amber’s progress, visit our Facebook page.
Stay tuned for information on the Spring 2019 application period!